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Lake Tahoe Ski Club to celebrate its 75th Anniversary

Alex Close
Sierra Sun

The Lake Tahoe Ski Club will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with its annual ” and lone ” fundraiser, Osvaldo’s authentic Argentine lamb Asado, on Sunday, Aug. 20.

In addition to a sprinkling of local former Olympians, the internationally known Tango dancers Pampa Cortes and Vileria will perform at the Sunnyside Quist Residence fiesta.

Since 1928 the Lake Tahoe Ski Club has funded and coached more of its members onto the United States National and Olympic teams than any other ski club in the country.

According to Ski Club board member Cecil McGehee, the club distributes around $20,000 each year to help local youth ski racers pay for things like Junior Nationals, U.S. Olympic Development camps, Southern Hemisphere summer training camps and other expensive trips on the road to international success.

“It’s a pretty good organization,” McGehee said. “They’re whole gist is to help kids, to help young ski racers … they’ve got pretty much one purpose.”

Within two years of its inception, the Lake Tahoe Ski Club hosted the Olympic tryouts for the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games, and 75 years later the club has placed more than 60 athletes onto the U.S. Alpine Ski Team.

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Several of the club’s members, such as Lars and Anders Haugen, Greg Jones and Jimmie Huega, are in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame.

The Lake Tahoe Ski Club aids local ski teams such as Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl, Auburn and Northstar, and members include renowned skiers such as Eric and Sandra Poulsen, Bill Hudson, Bob Ormsby, Marco Sullivan, Edith Thys, Kristin Krone, Hansi Standteiner, John Walsh, Becky Simning and Julia Mancuso.

According to McGehee, it’s always hard to predict which athletes will show up, with summer training regimens pulling athletes all over the world. But the Asado always brings out some of the big names in international skiing who just happen to live in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

While the event is a fundraiser for the upcoming ski season, this anniversary year is special. With 75 years of operation and aid of local skiers, the club has helped produce some amazing and renowned athletes, and this year’s event will commemorate those achievements.

“This thing has quite a history,” McGehee said. “Obviously it’s produced a lot of good skiers.”

The Aug. 20 Asado will feature food by local chefs from establishments like Christy Hill, Wolfdales, Graham’s, Jake’s, Tahoe House, River Ranch, Sunnyside, PlumpJacks, D’Lish Catering and the Argentine Gaucho Asado.

There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle and current and past U.S. skiing greats to mingle with.

The party kicks off around 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Quist Residence in Sunnyside.